Finding the perfect spot to set up your business is vital; it is after all where everything happens. Depending on the type of business obviously changes just how much location limits you. A company that requires customer to walk through the door, will need to be located somewhere popular and busy, otherwise nobody will find you.
On average we spend 50% of our time awake at work, and 37% of our life here too so where you work needs to be right for you. A bad office can quickly turn a job you love into a living nightmare and make you want to call in sick every day. Choosing the perfect office space though is easier said than done, when there are so many things to consider.
So what does make the perfect office?
It goes without doubt that the nicer the office the better your staff work. An impressive, modern and well-kept building gives a much more professional feel to staff and customers than a rundown old workplace.
According to science, various factors do actually increase performance in the workplace. These factors can make your company a place people want to come to and want to work for. The theory behind the science is that as animals, we tend to be able to concentrate in an area we feel safe in, and to feel safe things must be as natural as possible for us. This could be anything from home comforts such as photos, flowers and even just a bit of colour in the office.
- Being able to personalise your workspace – adding your own touch to your part of the office can make you more comfortable in work. A board with pictures on, some items that you like etc. adding your own touch can make your desk at work more homely and put you at ease when you get to work. A plain and empty desk with nothing personal to you can often make you feel quite alien and actually lead to a lack of concentration
- Nature – it is proven that having plants in the office can help to increase productivity. This is a direct link to us wanting to be around natural surroundings. Just like how going for a walk in the countryside can help to clear your head. Having reminders of nature works in the same way. This could even just be having an office with a good view, for example overlooking a park or countryside.
- Rounded furniture- an odd factor but actually backed up with research that ditching the straight edged square furnishings has an impact with staff. Round tables and sitting in circles can encourage group work and ultimately increase concentration and creativity. It works on a similar thought as number one and two where a room filled with curved furniture is more inviting and relaxed than boxed off offices. If you have the luxury of designing your own office this is a serious factor to consider.